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SendTheGOPPacking Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 01:57 PM
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What is PNAC, and who all are involved?
I do have a pretty fair general idea of what PNAC is and who is involved from the books and other other reading I have done over the past couple years.

PNAC is The Project for a New American Century and was a project that involved Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Pearle, Kristol, and a few others that slip my mind off hand right now. I think Cheney was involved too. It amounts to world domination in a nutshell and Iraq was part of that plan.

I got bits and pieces of it in the numerous books I read and never a full understanding of it in any one place, and frankly I have forgotten most of what I did learn. I thought DU might be a good place to get a refresher and a more thorough understanding of PNAC all in one place so I could bookmark it and have it all in one spot as a reference.

Any DUers willing and able to help me out here? Thanks.
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 01:59 PM
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1. go to their website and read some PDF documents
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lazarus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:00 PM
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2. Here you go
Their main website.

http://www.newamericancentury.org /

And the website dedicated to exposing them:

http://pnac.info/
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SendTheGOPPacking Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:02 PM
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5. The one dedicated to exposing them would be more useful
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ElsewheresDaughter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:00 PM
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3. PNAC is a baby of the Heritage Foundation & HF the parent of the neocons
Edited on Wed Mar-24-04 02:08 PM by ElsewheresDaughter
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SendTheGOPPacking Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:04 PM
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9. Interesting banner
Edited on Wed Mar-24-04 02:05 PM by SendTheGOPPacking
:D
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radwriter0555 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:00 PM
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4. Get all your info right here. They are a secretive government that
operates out in the open, in plain site....

http://www.newamericancentury.org

These people scare the SHIT out of me. THESE people are THE reason the UNITED NATIONS WAS FORMED...

Precisely to prevent such evil, nefarious assholes from taking over the planet.
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rman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:02 PM
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6. the names and the plans are on the PNAC website
http://www.newamericancentury.org

there actually are several of PNAC-101's in DU archives.
i don't have the links but i'm sure some DU-er can provide those.

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Hell Hath No Fury Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:04 PM
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7. Here's a report...
from my website (admins, I'm including the full report):

http://www.doyouknow.org/features/introtopnac.html

An Introduction to The Project for the New American Century

With the recent Iraqi war revelations made by Paul O'Neill in the Ron Suskind book "The Price of Loyalty", we think this is an incredibly opportune moment to introduce you to an influential foreign policy group called The Project for the New American Century (PNAC). You may or may not already know about this organization and its intimate involvement with the current administration. If this group is new to you, reading about it may make you feel like you "took the red pill" and took a dive down the rabbit hole.

After all, talk of controlling cyberspace as an offensive measure, deployment of permanent forces in the Middle East, the control of outer space and even the creation of genotype-specific biological weapons for use as a "politically useful tool" could make your head spin more radically than a White House press release.

But we think this trip is necessary.



In March of 1992, during the last year of the first Bush presidency, a draft of a confidential internal Pentagon policy paper was leaked to the press and reported on in a New York Times article. The memorandum was a "Defense Planning Guide" for then Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney (currently Vice President), and was to be the map for America's foreign policy and strategy. <1>

The report was written with the substantial input of Cheny, Undersecretary of Policy Paul Wolfowitz (currently deputy Secretary of Defense), and Lewis "Scooter" Libby (currently Vice-presidential Chief of Staff), and reflected the public statements of Colin Powell, serving then as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (currently Secretary of State).

Excerpts of six key objectives covered in the document:

"Our first objective is to prevent the reemergence of a new rival..."

"The U.S. must show the leadership necessary to establish and protect a new order that holds the promise of convincing potential competitors that they need not aspire to a greater role..."

"...The sense that the world order is ultimately backed by the U.S. will be an important stabilizing factor."

"...By assuming responsibility for righting every wrong, we will retain the preeminent responsibility for addressing selectively those wrongs which threaten not only our interests, but those of our allies or friends..."

"In the Middle East and Southwest Asia, our overall objective is to remain the predominant outside power in the region and preserve U.S. and Western access to the region's oil."

When first covered by the press, many aspects of the report proved to be so controversial that members of the White House staff under President George H. Bush were forced to disavow it in the media. <2>

A final report, the "Defense Policy Guidelines", was released months later and had significantly toned down the draft's emphasis on the United States maintaining the status of sole world power and engaging in unilateralism. <3>

In the spring of 1997, a nonprofit, educational organization was founded by neoconservative columnist William Kristol and writer Robert Kagan. It was called The Project for the New American Century and proposed using "issue briefs, research papers, advocacy journalism, conferences, and seminars" to push for an American foreign policy that would "shape a new century favorable to American principles and interests". Their Statement of Principles called upon citizens and the government to "embrace the cause of American leadership" and suggested <4>:

"We need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future..."

"...we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values..."

"...we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad..."

"...we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles."

This Statement of Principles was signed by (among others):

Dick Cheney
Donald Rumsfeld (current Secretary of Defense)
Paul Wolfowitz (current Deputy Secretary of Defense)
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby (current Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney)
Elliott Abrams (current National Security Council: Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs)
William J. Bennett (current presidential advisor)
Eliot A. Cohen (current member of the Defense Policy Board)
Aaron Friedberg (current Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Cheney)
Francis Fukuyama (current member of the President's Council on Bioethics)
Zalmay Khalilzad (current Ambassador to Afghanistan)
Peter W. Rodman (current Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs)
Henry S. Rowen (current member of the Defense Policy Board)
Jeb Bush (George W. Bush's brother and current governor of Florida)
Vin Weber (current Midwest campaign chairman for George W. Bush)

In a January 26, 1998, letter <5> to President William J. Clinton on the situation in Iraq, The Project for the New American Century advised him that:

"The only acceptable strategy is one that eliminates the possibility that Iraq will be able to use or threaten to use weapons of mass destruction. In the near term, this means a willingness to undertake military action as diplomacy is clearly failing. In the long term, it means removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power. That now needs to become the aim of American foreign policy... We believe the U.S. has the authority under existing UN resolutions to take the necessary steps, including military steps, to protect our vital interests in the Gulf. In any case, American policy cannot continue to be crippled by a misguided insistence on unanimity in the UN Security Council."

This letter was signed by (among others):

Donald Rumsfeld
Paul Wolfowitz
Elliott Abrams
William J. Bennett
John Bolton (now Undersecretary of State)
Richard Perle (now a member of the Defense Policy Board)
Francis Fukuyama
Zalmay Khalilzad
Peter W. Rodman
Vin Weber

In September of 2000, just months before George W. Bush was elected to the Presidency, The Project for the New American Century released a report entitled "Rebuilding America's Defences: Strategies, Forces and Resources for a New American Century". <6> The organization's key findings concluded that for the armed forces to carry out core missions in the new century, the United States would be required, among other things, to:

"Control the new 'international commons' of space and 'cyberspace', and pave the way for the creation of a new military service -- U.S. Space Forces -- with a mission of space control."

"Develop and deploy global missile defenses to defend the American homeland and American allies, and to provide a secure basis for U.S. power projection around the world."

"Reposition U.S. forces to respond to 21st century strategic realities by shifting permanently-based forces to Southeastern Europe and Southeast Asia."

Additionally, the report:

States that the military's primary role today is no longer a defensive one but "is to secure and expand the 'zones of democratic peace' ".

Calls for a permanent and substantial military force in the Middle East, as well as "forward-based units" across the globe to create what they call an "American security perimeter".

Singles out Syria, Iran, Iraq and North Korea (members of the "Axis of Evil") as potential future adversaries.

Foresees a time when "advanced forms of biological warfare that can 'target' specific genotypes" may "transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool".

Sees control over "cyberspace" as "an offensive capability" that "could offer America's military and political leaders an invaluable tool in disabling as adversary in a decisive manner".

Makes the case that the needed transformation of the military forces would be a long one, "absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event -- like a new Pearl Harbor".

Paul Wolfowitz, the current Deputy Secretary of Defense, participated in the creation of that report.

In looking at the stated goals of The Project for the New American Century, and the many high-ranking positions held by its members in the current Bush Administration, it is it not at all far-fetched to come to the conclusion that this organization has had an unprecedented chance to shape American foreign policy.

Indeed, many of PNAC's recommendations have already been enacted by the Administration, including the pulling out of the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty with Russia -- which has paved the way for the creation of a missile defense system <7>, the repealing of the decade-old ban on the development of low-yield nuclear weapons -- which opened the door for the research and creation of a small, "bunker-buster" nuclear device <8>, and the labeling of Syria as a member of the "Axis of Evil", with sanctions being enacted against them <9> and plans being made for a possible military intervention <10>. President Bush's recent plan to return humans to the moon has also been seen as part of a scheme to control the vast supply of power-generating Helium-3 that can be found there. <11> Even the use of the word "homeland" to describe the United States originated in PNAC's documents.

Considering their level of influence within the Administration, it is vitally important that Americans fully understand the reach and intent of The Project for the New American Century, and the ways in which they would have us achieve the creation of a "Pax Americana".


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Links:
The Project for the New American Century:
http://www.newamericancentury.org

Extensive biographies of The Project for the New American Century members:
http://rightweb.irc-online.org/ind/index.php


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References:
<1> & <3> Pentagon Drops Goal of Blocking New Superpowers; The New York
Times, May 23, 1992
http://www.btinternet.com/~nlpwessex/Documents/Wolfowit...

<2> Senior U.S. Officials Assail Lone-Superpower Policy; The New York Times,
March 11, 1992
http://www.unansweredquestions.org/timeline/1990s/nyt03...

<4> Statement of Principles; The Project for the New American Century, June
3, 1997
http://www.newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples...

<5> Letter to President Clinton on Iraq; The Project for the New American
Century, January 26, 1998
http://www.newamericancentury.org/iraqclintonletter.htm

<6> Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New
Century; A Report of the Project for the New American Century, September 2000
http://www.newamericancentury.org/publicationsreports.h...

<7> U.S. Quits ABM Treaty; CNN, December 14, 2001
http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/12/13/rec.bush.abm /

<8> Bush Pushes For Next Generation Of Nukes; USA Today, July 6, 2003
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2003-07-06-nucl...

<9> Bush Signs Syria Sanctions Bill; CNN, December 13, 2003
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/12/12/bush.syria /

<10> Bush Aides Debate Attacking Syria; Knight Ridder News Service, January,
10, 2004
http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/7678820.htm

<11> U.S. Eyes Space As Possible Battleground; Reuters, January 18, 2004
http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/01/19/space.weapons.... /

Copyright 2004

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SendTheGOPPacking Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:07 PM
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10. Cool! This is just what I was looking for!
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Papa Donating Member (505 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:04 PM
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8. Here's a list of people that have signed various PNAC letters & documents
Here's a start. I compiled this list from the PNAC website. I started looking up thier pictures too and realized a number of these guys are on tv a lot, I just didnt recognize their names.


Jeffrey Bell
Adrian Karatnycky
Amitai Etzioni
Andrew Y. Au
Arthur Waldron
Bette Bao Lord
Bruce Jackson
Charles Hill
Charles Krauthammer
Chris Williams
Clifford May
Connie Mack
Craig Kennedy
Daniel Goure
Daniel McKivergan
Daniel Pipes
Danielle Pletka
Dennis Ross
Dick Thornburgh
Eli S. Jacobs
Ellen Bork
Frank Carlucci
Gary Schmitt
Gordon Adams
Harold Hongju Koh
Helle Dale
Henry Sokolski
Henry Sokolski
Hillel Fradkin
Hillel Fradkin
Ivo H. Daalder
James B. Steinberg
James Dobbins
Jeane Kirkpatrick
Jeffrey Bergner
Jeffrey Gedmin
Jeffrey Gedmin
Jennifer Windsor
John Edward Porter
John J. Sweeney
John Lehman
John Tkacik
Joshua Muravchik
Ken Adelman
Larry Wortzel
Lee Feinstein
Leon Wieseltier
Leonard Sussman
Lewis E. Lehrman
Linda Chavez
Mark A. Anderson
Marshall Wittmann
Marshall Wittmann
Martin Peretz
Martin S. Indyk
Mary Beth Markey
Max Boot
Max M. Kampelman
Merle Goldman
Michael Joyce
Morton Abramowitz
Nicholas Eberstadt
Nicholas Eberstadt
Norman Podhoretz
Paul Simon
Penn Kemble
Peter Galbraith
Philip Gordon
Randy Scheunemann
Reuel Marc Gerecht
Rich Lowry
Richard H. Shultz
Robert Edgar
Robert Kagan
Robert L. Bernstein
Robert S. Gelbard
Ronald Asmus
Rudy Boshwitz
Sam Gejdenson
Seth Cropsey
Sin-Ming Shaw
Stephen J. Solarz
Stephen Solarz
Steven C. Clemons
Thomas Donnelly
Tod Lindberg
Walter Slocombe
Will Marshall
William Schneider, Jr.
James Lindsay
Christopher Makins

Michael O'Hanlon
Helmut Sonnenfeldt

Richard V Allen
Randy Scheunemann
Mark Gerson
Lewis E. Lehrman
George Weigel
Henry S. Rowen
Stephen P Rosen
Peter W Rodman
Dan Quayle
Norman Podhoretz
Fred C. Ikle
Frank Gaffney
Aaron Friedberg
Steve Forbes
Midge Decter
Eliot A. Cohen
Gary Bauer
Robert B. Zoellick
Vin Weber
William Schneider, JR
Francis Fukuyama
Paula Dobriansky
Jeffrey Bergner
Willam J Bennett
James Woolsey
John Bolton
Dov Zakheim
Donald Kagan
Richard L Armitage
William "Bill" Kristol
Zalmay Khalilzad
Eliot Abrams
Bruce Jackson
Richard Perle
Jeb Bush GOV of Florida
Paul Wolfowitz
Donald Rumsfeld
Lewis "Scooter" Libby
Dick Cheney
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SendTheGOPPacking Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:09 PM
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11. That would be an interesting project looking up their pics.
I watch a few pundit shows and that would surely affect how I view their opinions.
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Papa Donating Member (505 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:23 PM
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12. Yeah, it's been a bit difficult to get pics for some of these guys
The guys you've seen on tv are :

Frank Gaffney
Richard Perle
William Kristol
Richard L Armitage
Donald Kagan
James Woolsey
Willam J Bennett
Paula Dobriansky
Vin Weber
Gary Bauer
Steve Forbes
Fred C. Ikle
Norman Podhoretz

Hopefully you know some of these guys already, but if not, go to google and search IMAGES for thier pictures. There's probably more, those are the ones I've seen on tv.
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Indiana_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:27 PM
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15. Try looking here for pictures:
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:46 PM
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19. Reuel Gerecht was just on the NewsHour last night
the flippin' NewsHour, for Koresh' sake! So much for lib'rul PBS. First Tucker the F---er gets a show, now this!

The tag line underneath his name read simply "Former CIA Official". I guess they felt "PNAC World Domination Conspirator" was a bit harsh...
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Gildor Inglorion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:25 PM
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13. Paul Simon? Surely not...
either the legendary musician/poet or the late former Senator from Illinois? Say it ain't so!
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Indiana_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:25 PM
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14. Here's the motherlode:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

I can't believe nobody has shown you this yet!!! Oh well, I'll gladly be the first to show you!!! :-)

to find this posting later, you can either save it in your own account or you can always do a search for "PNAC archives" and it will pop up. Good reading!
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SendTheGOPPacking Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:33 PM
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17. Yowsah! That's exactly the kind of thing I was looking for!
I have this thread bookmarked so thank you for providing it.

I will have to get a donation off as soon as i can afford it so I can search for things like this.

This will be a weekend of reading! Oh my ...
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Indiana_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:39 PM
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18. Pardon my manners, welcome to DU!
:hi:
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SendTheGOPPacking Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:52 PM
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22. Thank you kindly
:hi:
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:50 PM
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20. Here are some good introductory articles
These will get you started:

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/september11/story/0,11209,103...

This war on terrorism is bogus
The 9/11 attacks gave the US an ideal pretext to use force to secure its global domination

Michael Meacher
Saturday September 6, 2003
The Guardian

Massive attention has now been given - and rightly so - to the reasons why Britain went to war against Iraq. But far too little attention has focused on why the US went to war, and that throws light on British motives too. The conventional explanation is that after the Twin Towers were hit, retaliation against al-Qaida bases in Afghanistan was a natural first step in launching a global war against terrorism. Then, because Saddam Hussein was alleged by the US and UK governments to retain weapons of mass destruction, the war could be extended to Iraq as well. However this theory does not fit all the facts. The truth may be a great deal murkier.

We now know that a blueprint for the creation of a global Pax Americana was drawn up for Dick Cheney (now vice-president), Donald Rumsfeld (defence secretary), Paul Wolfowitz (Rumsfeld's deputy), Jeb Bush (George Bush's younger brother) and Lewis Libby (Cheney's chief of staff). The document, entitled Rebuilding America's Defences, was written in September 2000 by the neoconservative think tank, Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

The plan shows Bush's cabinet intended to take military control of the Gulf region whether or not Saddam Hussein was in power. It says "while the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein."

The PNAC blueprint supports an earlier document attributed to Wolfowitz and Libby which said the US must "discourage advanced industrial nations from challenging our leadership or even aspiring to a larger regional or global role". It refers to key allies such as the UK as "the most effective and efficient means of exercising American global leadership". It describes peacekeeping missions as "demanding American political leadership rather than that of the UN". It says "even should Saddam pass from the scene", US bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will remain permanently... as "Iran may well prove as large a threat to US interests as Iraq has". It spotlights China for "regime change", saying "it is time to increase the presence of American forces in SE Asia".

<much more>

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

http://www.newamericancentury.org/publicationsreports.h...

"Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century," September 2000. A Report of the Project for the New American Century.

<snip>

The United States cannot simply declare a strategic pause while experimenting with new technologies and operational concepts. Nor can it choose to pursue a transformation strategy that would decouple American and allied interests. A transformation strategy that solely pursued capabilities for projecting force from the United States, for example, and sacrificed forward basing and presence, would be at odds with larger American policy goals and would trouble American allies.

Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor. Domestic politics and industrial policy will shape the pace and content of transformation as much as the requirements of current missions. A decision to suspend or terminate aircraft carrier production, as recommended by this report and as justified by the clear direction of military technology, will cause great upheaval. Likewise, systems entering production today - the F-22 fighter, for example - will be in service inventories for decades to come. Wise management of this process will consist in large measure of figuring out the right moments to halt production of current-paradigm weapons and shift to radically new designs. The expense associated with some programs can make them roadblocks to the larger process of transformation - the Joint Strike Fighter program, at a total of approximately $200 billion, seems an unwise investment. Thus, this report advocates a two-stage process of change - transition and transformation - over the coming decades.</snip>

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http://truthout.org/docs_02/022203A.htm

Of Gods and Mortals and Empire
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective

Friday 21 February 2003

<snip>

Vice President Dick Cheney is a founding member of PNAC, along with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Defense Policy Board chairman Richard Perle. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz is the ideological father of the group. Bruce Jackson, a PNAC director, served as a Pentagon official for Ronald Reagan before leaving government service to take a leading position with the weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

PNAC is staffed by men who previously served with groups like Friends of the Democratic Center in Central America, which supported America's bloody gamesmanship in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and with groups like The Committee for the Present Danger, which spent years advocating that a nuclear war with the Soviet Union was "winnable."

PNAC has recently given birth to a new group, The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, which met with National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in order to formulate a plan to "educate" the American populace about the need for war in Iraq. CLI has funneled millions of taxpayer dollars to support the Iraqi National Congress and the Iraqi heir presumptive, Ahmed Chalabi. Chalabi was sentenced in absentia by a Jordanian court in 1992 to 22 years in prison for bank fraud after the collapse of Petra Bank, which he founded in 1977. Chalabi has not set foot in Iraq since 1956, but his Enron-like business credentials apparently make him a good match for the Bush administration's plans.

PNAC's "Rebuilding America's Defenses" report is the institutionalization of plans and ideologies that have been formulated for decades by the men currently running American government. The PNAC Statement of Principles is signed by Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld, as well as by Eliot Abrams, Jeb Bush, Bush's special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, and many others. William Kristol, famed conservative writer for the Weekly Standard, is also a co-founder of the group. The Weekly Standard is owned by Ruppert Murdoch, who also owns international media giant Fox News. </snip>

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,99...

The spies who pushed for war
Julian Borger reports on the shadow rightwing intelligence network set up in Washington to second-guess the CIA and deliver a justification for toppling Saddam Hussein by force
Thursday July 17, 2003
The Guardian

<snip>

In the days after September 11, Mr Rumsfeld and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, mounted an attempt to include Iraq in the war against terror. When the established agencies came up with nothing concrete to link Iraq and al-Qaida, the OSP was given the task of looking more carefully.

William Luti, a former navy officer and ex-aide to Mr Cheney, runs the day-to-day operations, answering to Douglas Feith, a defence undersecretary and a former Reagan official.

The OSP had access to a huge amount of raw intelligence. It came in part from "report officers" in the CIA's directorate of operations whose job is to sift through reports from agents around the world, filtering out the unsubstantiated and the incredible. Under pressure from the hawks such as Mr Cheney and Mr Gingrich, those officers became reluctant to discard anything, no matter how far-fetched. The OSP also sucked in countless tips from the Iraqi National Congress and other opposition groups, which were viewed with far more scepticism by the CIA and the state department.

There was a mountain of documentation to look through and not much time. The administration wanted to use the momentum gained in Afghanistan to deal with Iraq once and for all. The OSP itself had less than 10 full-time staff, so to help deal with the load, the office hired scores of temporary "consultants". They included lawyers, congressional staffers, and policy wonks from the numerous rightwing thinktanks in Washington. Few had experience in intelligence.

"Most of the people they had in that office were off the books, on personal services contracts. At one time, there were over 100 of them," said an intelligence source. The contracts allow a department to hire individuals, without specifying a job description.

<more>

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For further reference, see the PNAC Links Archive
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SendTheGOPPacking Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:52 PM
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21. I see you are the one that has been so busy!
Edited on Wed Mar-24-04 03:49 PM by SendTheGOPPacking
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 03:09 PM
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23. LOL! Welcome to DU! Here are some pix for you
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SendTheGOPPacking Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 03:51 PM
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24. I saw that in the other thread. I mean to settle in to that thread
by this weekend.

And thank you for the welcome. :)
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Indiana_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 05:58 PM
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26. I had to watch Clarke in the waiting room at the car shop
but didn't I hear before I left the shop that Armitage was going to testify today?

(I turned the channel in the waiting room to the investigation and by the time I left there were additional people in the room succumbed to listening to what I was watching!!! lol They all looked disgusted or uninterested and looking at magazines but they couldn't help but hear Clarke's testimony about the Saudis leaving on a jet plane who so happened to have members of the binLaden family on it!!!)
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lazarus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 02:30 PM
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16. for fun
There's always this one:

http://www.newamericanempire.org/
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oasis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 04:53 PM
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25. kick
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